United States Navy 2006 - 2010
Hometown: Wilbraham, MA
"I was born in Thailand and grew up in Massachusetts with no intention to join the military. However, at age 19 I found myself in the military as an Operations Specialist (My job was in the cold dark room with all the radar screens that you see in the movies). I deployed twice to the Middle East during Operation Enduring Freedom. After I served my four years, I decided to leave and pursue new opportunities. Although, I didn’t have the slightest idea of what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to get an education but had no plan in action. So I took a few classes here and there and worked full-time to support myself. It wasn’t until I got involved at the community college with other like-minded people that ignited a powerful realization that education transforms lives and that is when I pursued it full-time. My proudest moments at community college was being a writing tutor at the writing center and in the Veterans Resource Center where I could help my peers become better writers. I received 2 Associates in English and History.
My goal is to attend Law School and practice Business and Immigration Law so I can help people who come to this country and have a dream of wanting more in life. The United States is a great country and there is a lot of untapped potential to gain success and education. I believe that is an important asset in pursuing a pathway to a fulfilling and successful life.
As the Co-Finance Chair in the Cal Veterans Group, I am determined to continue the great tradition of this amazing veterans group. My number one priority is to provide great service and support to the people who answered the call of duty and who put their country and others before themselves and their education. UC Berkeley is an amazing place to continue the process of growth. For myself, the Cal Veterans Group has truly created a sense of belonging and connection to peers who have experienced similar life experiences.
Finally, I know anything is possible and the sky is the limit. I believe the pathway in achieving success is all about strategy, persistence, and believing in oneself. When the light of realization goes on inside one’s mind and they feel that rush inside, that is when their life will perpetually shine forever.